“I Am Free Flowing Beauty” with some help from my painting - “Fluid Grace”
Here’s a Centering / Kriya practice to help you be Free Flowing... & cleanse the sinuses. Grab your Neti Pot and get ready to cleanse, clear & be Free Flowing Beauty. This is a wonderful preventative practice
XO~ Lauri, Pancake & Ollie
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Water is powerful. It’s subtle; it’s soft; It’s so much. It can conform & be what it needs to be in the moment. It can take the shape of the container that contains it. It can also be powerful & move mountains or Your greatest challenges.
We are going to invoke that power of water, that spirit, that quality of water that we have in us that can help us through our challenges.
Water can remind us that You are pliable & soft and sometimes You may need to soften in order to achieve what you want to achieve.
Start by taking a few breathes to pause & ground down. Wherever you are take a comfortable seat: crossed legged, one foot in front of the other or in a chair. Take a breath- inhale through the nose; exhale with a sigh & soften. Inhale again, Exhale- soften. Just let things begin to slow down... bring your awareness to your breath. As you root down through your seat wobble a bit; exhale- hug & lift up through the pelvic floor. Continue to inhale & Exhale through the nose. Beautiful. Wiggle down a little more through your seat; as you exhale- soften, widen in the pelvic area & a gentle hug & lift to help that energy come up through the deep core line up to the crown of the head. So you are still pliable; you are still liquid-y, but you are moving into that still space. Not holding yourself ridged or tight. Take a few moment to notice your current state. ... Beautiful. Inhale softly through the nose & exhaling softly through the nose. Elongating the exhale a bit more than the inhale will help you to relax even more.
Now bring your hands up to your heart & take a few breaths here to observe. Notice what there is to notice. Ground down, open & clear some space for the intention to come in: "I AM FREE FLOWING BEAUTY". Say that over again- I AM FREE FLOWING BEAUTY. ... Nice. One more time- inhaling- I AM FREE FLOWING BEAUTY. Beautiful.
Allow your eyes to open if they were closed. And reminding yourself, whenever it occurs to you to bring that intention back "I AM FREE FLOWING BEAUTY"
Now grab your Neti Pot and let the sinus flushing begin!
Here are more detailed instructions:
How to Use a Neti Pot- Step-by-Step Neti Pot Instructions
Learning how to use a neti pot is not as intimidating as it may seem. The term neti pot derives from an ancient yogic technique of sinus rinsing called Jala Neti. The yogis believed that irrigating the nasal passages contributed to one’s health – and apparently they were right.
Here are step-by-step instructions for getting started with a neti pot:
1. Get the right equipment: Neti pots are sold in drug stores or online. Often you can pick up a kit that includes not only the device, but a pre-made saline solution. If not, you can make your own solution with common salt. See our allergist-approved neti pot solution.
2. Choose the right location: You can use your neti pot over a sink or bowl; in the shower; or outside. (A trickle of water will be flowing out of your nose, so this isn’t something to do on the sofa.) Have some Kleenex nearby, and for the first time, wear something that could stand a few drips of water. That’s why over the sink or in the shower may be a good choice – no clothing needed.
3. Prepare the solution: Recent news stories have discussed rare cases in which brain infections appear to have been caused by using tap water in a neti pot. Just to be safe, it is recommended you use distilled water, or boil your own tap water (let it cool before using.). Use warm water. Test the temp by putting a drop on your forearm, or take a sip. If it’s comfortable, you’re good.If you use a pre-packed solution, just stir it into the warm water. If making your own, use the ratio of ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt to two cups of water. This results in the body’s own saline ration of 0.9%. Stir it well into the warm water.
4. Begin the flush: After preparing the warm saline solution and adding it to the pot, just lean over your bowl or sink, tilt the head sideways so your face is horizontal, insert the neti pot spout into the upper nostril. Be sure the spout is fully inserted so water cannot leak out that nostril. Open your mouth and breathe through your mouth while you gently pour. RELAX.
After a few seconds, the water will begin to stream out of the lower nostril. Use half your solution in the first nostril; save the remainder for the second.In between nostrils, you can stand upright and GENTLY blow your nose to clear it.I
f some water drains into your throat, it’s OK. Simply spit it out. Work on our technique and the angle of your head till the water remains flowing only in and out of the nasal passages.
After the flush: You can again GENTLY blow your nose to clear all solution. Do not blow forcefully or you can drive the solution up into the sinuses and ear canals. This is not a serious problem, but is not the intended result.
Rinse out your neti pot and put it somewhere it can air dry: You’re done!
How Often Should I Use a Neti Pot? Most people develop a routine of flushing their sinuses morning and night. It can be done any time of the day – and may help before strenuous exercise, or after activities like mowing the lawn which can introduce more allergens into the body.
One tip is to do your evening rinse one hour before bed. There may be some slight drainage of the solution and it’s better to catch that fluid with a Kleenex than to have it drip into the throat after lying down.